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I haven't bought from Digi-Key in a long time. I needed some C&K switches,
and got a pleasant surprise when I ordered.

Digi-Key no longer requires a minimum purchase. And they have eight-ounce
First Class shipment for under $3. Not bad. I ordered Monday, and had the
parts Wednesday.

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I haven't bought from Digi-Key in a long time. I needed some C&K switches,
and got a pleasant surprise when I ordered.

Digi-Key no longer requires a minimum purchase. And they have eight-ounce
First Class shipment for under $3. Not bad. I ordered Monday, and had the
parts Wednesday.

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questions." -- Edwin Land


Now, if they would just make it so I can use their website!
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"William Sommerwerck" wrote:
I haven't bought from Digi-Key in a long time. I needed some C&K switches,
and got a pleasant surprise when I ordered.

Digi-Key no longer requires a minimum purchase. And they have eight-ounce
First Class shipment for under $3. Not bad. I ordered Monday, and had the
parts Wednesday.


Nice, thanks for the information William. I always ordered from Mouser for
this very reason, now I can consider DK a viable source for small purchases.

On a not entirely unrelated note, I was saddened to see that my local parts
store, NORVAC Electronics, is no longer in business (just an empty building
with "CLOSED" on the door). They were the last electronics store here in
Eugene, and were a reliable source of heat shrink tubing, discreets, NTE
components, and crimping terminals (among many other items). It was nice to
be able to pop down there in the middle of a project when I needed a few
extra items, and they will be missed.

Jon


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"William Sommerwerck" wrote:
I haven't bought from Digi-Key in a long time. I needed some C&K switches,
and got a pleasant surprise when I ordered.

Digi-Key no longer requires a minimum purchase. And they have eight-ounce
First Class shipment for under $3. Not bad. I ordered Monday, and had the
parts Wednesday.


Nice, thanks for the information William. I always ordered from Mouser for
this very reason, now I can consider DK a viable source for small purchases.

On a not entirely unrelated note, I was saddened to see that my local parts
store, NORVAC Electronics, is no longer in business (just an empty building
with "CLOSED" on the door). They were the last electronics store here in
Eugene, and were a reliable source of heat shrink tubing, discreets, NTE
components, and crimping terminals (among many other items). It was nice to
be able to pop down there in the middle of a project when I needed a few
extra items, and they will be missed.

Jon



Their web site says they are still in Eugene, OR. Perhaps they moved?

http://www.norvac.net/

John :-#)#

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Their web site says they are still in Eugene, OR. Perhaps they moved?

http://www.norvac.net/


I wish that was the case. I called the local number and got a voicemail
message from the manager (I recognized his voice), left in February, stating
they were beginning their "going out of business liquidation sale."
Calling the Beaverton store (up by Portland) retrieves a similar message
left yesterday, so it appears that the entire company has gone belly up.

I do remember a conversation with one of the employees last year, in which
he mentioned that business was slowing down, so perhaps this had been in the
works for awhile.

Jon




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Their web site says they are still in Eugene, OR. Perhaps they moved?

http://www.norvac.net/


I wish that was the case. I called the local number and got a voicemail
message from the manager (I recognized his voice), left in February, stating
they were beginning their "going out of business liquidation sale."
Calling the Beaverton store (up by Portland) retrieves a similar message
left yesterday, so it appears that the entire company has gone belly up.

I do remember a conversation with one of the employees last year, in which
he mentioned that business was slowing down, so perhaps this had been in the
works for awhile.

Jon



That's interesting. We have at least four stores in the Vancouver, BC
area (not Vancouver, Washington) that cater to hobbiests and industry,
and all are busy when I visit!

www.mainelectronics.com
www.rpelectronics.com
www.leescomponents.com
www.interiorelectronics.com

They all seem in good shape...

And they are indeed handy to have around when you need something right
now! Soldering station tips, tools, various project boxes,
etc...everything the hobbiest or small repair shop needs to get the job
done.

Now mind you one other store did close recently - Active Componenets -
who were the retail store for Future Electronics, but they were never
busy when I dropped in.

John :-#)#

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I haven't bought from Digi-Key in a long time. I needed some C&K switches,
and got a pleasant surprise when I ordered.

Digi-Key no longer requires a minimum purchase. And they have eight-ounce
First Class shipment for under $3. Not bad. I ordered Monday, and had the
parts Wednesday.

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questions." -- Edwin Land




I can do better than that. I ordered from Digi-Key some Panasonic sliders
that were needed for a Peavey mixer amp, and which Peavey UK - or anyone
else in the UK for that matter - didn't have in stock. I placed the order
around lunchtime on the one day, and received a confirming email back within
minutes. I also had to declare the end use, because your government is
paranoid about where the items are going to finish up. After returning this,
within a very short time, I received another mail to say that the goods had
shipped. They arrived on my doormat on the afternoon of the following day.

I guess that when the order was placed, it was early morning stateside, and
I was just lucky in the way that my order caught collections and customs and
flights and clearance into the postal system this end, but never-the-less,
how good a service was that ?

Arfa

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Digi-Key no longer requires a minimum purchase. And they have
eight-ounce First Class shipment for under $3. Not bad. I ordered
Monday, and had the parts Wednesday.


I can do better than that. I ordered from Digi-Key some Panasonic
sliders that were needed for a Peavey mixer amp, and which Peavey
UK -- or anyone else in the UK for that matter -- didn't have in stock.
I placed the order around lunchtime on the one day, and received a
confirming e-mail back within minutes. I also had to declare the end
use, because your government is paranoid about where the items are
going to finish up. After returning this, within a very short time, I

received
another mail to say that the goods had shipped. They arrived on my
doormat on the afternoon of the following day.


I guess that when the order was placed, it was early morning stateside,
and I was just lucky in the way that my order caught collections and
customs and flights and clearance into the postal system this end, but
never-the-less, how good a service was that ?


My point was more that Digi-Key was now willing to take small orders without
a surcharge, and ship them inexpensively. But that's incredible service. I
suspect Digi-Key does enough business in GB that it can ship its daily order
"in bulk", and has a local agent that handles splitting it up and getting it
out.

One of the reasons Digi-Key had the part you wanted is that D-K (not to be
confused with the British publisher) started its business by carrying
specific ranges of products (rather than a company's entire line) in depth.
If you wanted a particular kind of Panasonic capacitor, and D-K stocked that
range, you were virtually assured of it being available when you ordered. By
expanding one range at a time, D-K kept its reputation for availability. D-K
is almost always the first place I look for name-brand parts.

When it comes to Chinese "junk", take a look at monoprice. It has
decent-quality stuff at prices that will have your jaw hanging.

By the way, in the US a "slider" is a White Castle hamburger. The name
apparently derives from their small size -- they slide right down your
gullet.


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"Arfa Daily" wrote in message
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"William Sommerwerck" wrote in message
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Digi-Key no longer requires a minimum purchase. And they have
eight-ounce First Class shipment for under $3. Not bad. I ordered
Monday, and had the parts Wednesday.


I can do better than that. I ordered from Digi-Key some Panasonic
sliders that were needed for a Peavey mixer amp, and which Peavey
UK -- or anyone else in the UK for that matter -- didn't have in stock.
I placed the order around lunchtime on the one day, and received a
confirming e-mail back within minutes. I also had to declare the end
use, because your government is paranoid about where the items are
going to finish up. After returning this, within a very short time, I

received
another mail to say that the goods had shipped. They arrived on my
doormat on the afternoon of the following day.


I guess that when the order was placed, it was early morning stateside,
and I was just lucky in the way that my order caught collections and
customs and flights and clearance into the postal system this end, but
never-the-less, how good a service was that ?


My point was more that Digi-Key was now willing to take small orders without
a surcharge, and ship them inexpensively. But that's incredible service. I
suspect Digi-Key does enough business in GB that it can ship its daily order
"in bulk", and has a local agent that handles splitting it up and getting it
out.

One of the reasons Digi-Key had the part you wanted is that D-K (not to be
confused with the British publisher) started its business by carrying
specific ranges of products (rather than a company's entire line) in depth.
If you wanted a particular kind of Panasonic capacitor, and D-K stocked that
range, you were virtually assured of it being available when you ordered. By
expanding one range at a time, D-K kept its reputation for availability. D-K
is almost always the first place I look for name-brand parts.

When it comes to Chinese "junk", take a look at monoprice. It has
decent-quality stuff at prices that will have your jaw hanging.

By the way, in the US a "slider" is a White Castle hamburger. The name
apparently derives from their small size -- they slide right down your
gullet.


they slide right out too, usually faster than they go it. I suspect
they're cooked in castor oil.
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SNIP

By the way, in the US a "slider" is a White Castle hamburger. The name
apparently derives from their small size -- they slide right down your
gullet.

And keep right on sliding...

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Digi-Key no longer requires a minimum purchase. And they have
eight-ounce First Class shipment for under $3. Not bad. I ordered
Monday, and had the parts Wednesday.



I can do better than that. I ordered from Digi-Key some Panasonic
sliders that were needed for a Peavey mixer amp, and which Peavey
UK -- or anyone else in the UK for that matter -- didn't have in stock.
I placed the order around lunchtime on the one day, and received a
confirming e-mail back within minutes. I also had to declare the end
use, because your government is paranoid about where the items are
going to finish up. After returning this, within a very short time, I


received

another mail to say that the goods had shipped. They arrived on my
doormat on the afternoon of the following day.



I guess that when the order was placed, it was early morning stateside,
and I was just lucky in the way that my order caught collections and
customs and flights and clearance into the postal system this end, but
never-the-less, how good a service was that ?



My point was more that Digi-Key was now willing to take small orders without
a surcharge, and ship them inexpensively. But that's incredible service. I
suspect Digi-Key does enough business in GB that it can ship its daily order
"in bulk", and has a local agent that handles splitting it up and getting it
out.

One of the reasons Digi-Key had the part you wanted is that D-K (not to be
confused with the British publisher) started its business by carrying
specific ranges of products (rather than a company's entire line) in depth.
If you wanted a particular kind of Panasonic capacitor, and D-K stocked that
range, you were virtually assured of it being available when you ordered. By
expanding one range at a time, D-K kept its reputation for availability. D-K
is almost always the first place I look for name-brand parts.

When it comes to Chinese "junk", take a look at monoprice. It has
decent-quality stuff at prices that will have your jaw hanging.

By the way, in the US a "slider" is a White Castle hamburger. The name
apparently derives from their small size -- they slide right down your
gullet.


and out the other end in short time !

Jamie


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I can do better than that. I ordered from Digi-Key some Panasonic sliders
that were needed for a Peavey mixer amp, and which Peavey UK - or anyone
else in the UK for that matter - didn't have in stock. I placed the order
around lunchtime on the one day, and received a confirming email back within
minutes. I also had to declare the end use, because your government is
paranoid about where the items are going to finish up. After returning this,
within a very short time, I received another mail to say that the goods had
shipped. They arrived on my doormat on the afternoon of the following day.



Those are called 'Slide Pots' or 'Slide Potentiometers' over here.


I guess that when the order was placed, it was early morning stateside, and
I was just lucky in the way that my order caught collections and customs and
flights and clearance into the postal system this end, but never-the-less,
how good a service was that ?



What some people don't realize is just how big some US distributors
are. For instance: MCM took up a large part of an industrial park, back
in the '80s. They have everything optimized for fast order picking, and
empty tractor trailers sitting there waiting for the orders. The picked
orders go directly to the regional hubs for each shipping service, not
the local office. I used to deal with MCM on a weekly basis, when I
lived in the area, about 25 years ago.. Sometimes I needed something
that day, so I would make the 45 minute drive to use 'Will Call'. The
order was always waiting at the front counter, and I would pass 20 to 30
trailers at their docks that were being loaded for UPS & USPS. Another
reason I made that trip about once a month was to dig through the
closeout items, and samples of things that never made their catalog. I
found a lot of interesting & useful items that they felt wouldn't sell
in large enough quantities to be worth their trouble.

Your order was likely at the airport within 45 minutes.

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Now, if they would just make it so I can use their website!

I didn't have any particular problems. I used the dynamic catalog to locate
what I wanted, then placed an order.


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